The Bulldogs won the conference championship this weekend, beating No. 13 Dartmouth and No. 5 Harvard while placing in the top three in both divisions. At Tufts, Yale's first-years finished fifth, winning a tiebreaker against Harvard. On Long Island Sound, another group of Elis took third in racing for the Dave Perry Trophy.
Conference Championship – 1st (147 points)
First-year Championship – 5th (129 points)
Dave Perry Trophy – 3rd (3 wins, 4 losses)
The Bulldogs finished off a very successful regular season with the conference championship win at Dartmouth. The team has been ranked number one all season, and has come away with big wins at the showcase semifinals and finals. NEISA is the deepest conference in the country, so the win this weekend again shows the team's ability to sail well at the highest level.
Nick Hernandez said, "It was pretty frustrating racing because it [wind] was shifting massively with no patterns, but we were able to keep our boat from slowing down in unexpected shifts, and we did a good job minimizing loss when the shift didn't go our way."
The team did manage to keep losses to a minimum despite 50-degree shifts at times. They were the only team in the top five with both divisions scoring within 10 points of each other.
The wind forecast earlier in the week predicted strong breeze on Saturday, but that turned out to be an overestimate when the sailors were met with less than 10 knots all weekend.
This was the last regular season event of the year. Two Bulldog sailors will travel to Michigan next week to compete in the singlehanded nationals, while the rest of the team will practice team racing for the next two weeks.
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Report filed by Nic Baird '19, Yale Sports Publicity